Tamara K. Nopper is a sociologist, writer, and editor whose research focuses on the racial and gender wealth gap, financialization, criminalization, punishment, and the social impact of technology, with a particular emphasis on alternative data and credit scoring. A Fellow at Data for Progress and an Affiliate of The Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies, Nopper’s scholarship and writing have appeared in numerous academic publications as well as in The New Inquiry, Jacobin, Truthout, The Margins, The Undefeated, and Verso Books Blog. She edited We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, a book of Mariame Kaba’s writings and interviews (Haymarket Books), and researched and wrote several data stories for Colin Kaepernick’s Abolition for the People series.
At Data & Society, Nopper will focus on the impact of credit scores on the racial and gender wealth gap. Specifically she will examine how credit scores are calculated and efforts to regulate the credit scoring industry. She will also consider the push for including alternative data in credit scoring and how to measure its impact.